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Another gem from Fred Harrison….
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…in the Grauniad

I’ve left it here so I’ve got a copy – before it’s deleted, lol:

None of the things you have kindly transcribed here from a Downing Street email can possibly be achieved at this oversized junket, Mr Hutton – even if they were desirable. But it’ll make a difference all right. It’ll increase the national debt by another £300+million quid. All in the name of Brown’s vanity. That’s a high price to pay just to beef-up yuor mate’s image (his reputation and credibility being beyond repair, naturally). But I guess that’s chump change in Brown’s weird world of endless zeros.

Yet anybody who suggested a year ago that so much could have been achieved would have been asked what they were smoking.

What are you smoking! Nothing has been ‘achieved’. Banks have been nationalised and the taxpayer has been screwed for generations with the tab. We now borrow our own money at interest. Some achievement.

this is the first international summit to make substantive progress regulating global finance since 1944.

How on earth does this absolutely ridiculous assertion (the party hasn’t even started yet and the signs – at least in the real world – have not exactly been promising so far) follow-on from this:

and few reporters or commentators will want to risk the accusation of being the patsy who declared the summit an unexpected success.

You’d better take a look at this, Mr Hutton.

It really does tend to suggest the total opposite to this wild assertion of yours:

In 2010 the rise in the stimulus put forward by Germany will be among the largest of all.

Whatever your motives, and there is still much doubt in my mind as to what they actually are, to pretend that there is some sort of international consensus about saddling the entire developed world with an even more titanic mountain of debt, (provided by whom, exactly?) on the off chance it might stimulate short-term growth is total insanity.

As for the other stuff: the only way to get some sort of “regulatory architecture for global finance” (whatever that actually means) is through some form of international government. Even if the former were desirable – not to mention possible – (and there’s been no clear argument for it so far), the latter is just utopian claptrap.

And we’ve been hearing a lot of that utopian claptrap from old Brown n’ Bust lately. The whole damn world has on his ridiculous tour, during which he preached a lot and listened not one bit.

So I’m pretty sure what we’ll see next week, really, is that the whole damn world, which apparently he’s bringing back with him, is absolutely fed-up to the back teeth with him and his banal platitudes and blame-ducking. Obama seems to be….he’s already planning a ‘Summit Mk 3’ in Washington or some other city, in anticipation of the likelihood that Brown’s will be a total shambles.

And us poor saps – the UK voter – will just be left behind to clear-up the broken glass. Oh, and the little matter of voting-out this total catastrophe of a government led by the worst Prime Minister ever inflicted upon us.

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My dog

Great comments under Mike White’s appallingly self-satisfied hatchet piece on Dan Hannan in the Grauniad.

Here’s a good example:

It’s interesting how the left have chosen to deal with the lighting conductor impact of Dan Hannan’s speech.
They seek to betlittle ( only an unknown Tory Euro MEP but now famous ), the smear ( Tory boy, Oxford Union type – like many public school educated Labour people – see Harman and Blair), to misrepresent ( only a few people looked ), to use ploys to hide from any criticism ( Well Tom Watson did this on his blog ), to misrepresent what was said and try and spin the facts ( see Labourpist by Dolly ).
The speech was fantastic. Many people, millions of people, have been dying to tell Brown what Dan did.
The BBC/Guardian establishments reaction is predictable, depressing spin wanting to put the population back on the prozac of articles such yours.

From a chap called ‘ManinAshed’.
Well done that man (in a shed).

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My dog

Great comments under Mike White’s appallingly self-satisfied hatchet piece on Dan Hannan in the Grauniad.

Here’s a good example:

It’s interesting how the left have chosen to deal with the lighting conductor impact of Dan Hannan’s speech.
They seek to betlittle ( only an unknown Tory Euro MEP but now famous ), the smear ( Tory boy, Oxford Union type – like many public school educated Labour people – see Harman and Blair), to misrepresent ( only a few people looked ), to use ploys to hide from any criticism ( Well Tom Watson did this on his blog ), to misrepresent what was said and try and spin the facts ( see Labourpist by Dolly ).
The speech was fantastic. Many people, millions of people, have been dying to tell Brown what Dan did.
The BBC/Guardian establishments reaction is predictable, depressing spin wanting to put the population back on the prozac of articles such yours.

From a chap called ‘ManinAshed’.
Well done that man (in a shed).

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My dog

Great comments under Mike White’s appallingly self-satisfied hatchet piece on Dan Hannan in the Grauniad.

Here’s a good example:

It’s interesting how the left have chosen to deal with the lighting conductor impact of Dan Hannan’s speech.
They seek to betlittle ( only an unknown Tory Euro MEP but now famous ), the smear ( Tory boy, Oxford Union type – like many public school educated Labour people – see Harman and Blair), to misrepresent ( only a few people looked ), to use ploys to hide from any criticism ( Well Tom Watson did this on his blog ), to misrepresent what was said and try and spin the facts ( see Labourpist by Dolly ).
The speech was fantastic. Many people, millions of people, have been dying to tell Brown what Dan did.
The BBC/Guardian establishments reaction is predictable, depressing spin wanting to put the population back on the prozac of articles such yours.

From a chap called ‘ManinAshed’.
Well done that man (in a shed).

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Learnt today from a friend that the college where I used to teach is cutting 87 jobs this month. It’s not so much the cuts – if the funding isn’t there and the overseas student revenue dries-up (that’s been happening for 12 months now) then staff losses are unavoidable – it’s the fact that senior managers will not be the ones facing the chop.

Like all county colleges over the past 20 years, this one has gradually been ‘brought under management’ meaning a whole tier of professional managers have been collected, from Principal down to campus office, who are divorced from the teaching profession yet completely and overwhelmingly remain ‘in charge’ of its highly trained practitioners – and the way they practise. It’s never seemed to be a particularly logical arrangement to me, to put it mildly.

I don’t object to a teaching institution being profitable one little bit – quite the opposite. And I don’t even object to (realistic) target-setting in the name of ‘standards’ (as long as they are not ideologically motivated pseudo-standards, which, sadly, they invariably are).

I do object to the idea that teachers and ancillary staff are somehow expendable when times are tight but the council employed ‘executive’ class who’ve taken over tertiary education always appear to be completely bullet proof.

I suppose that because they are merely an extension of County Council authority in reality, it’s inevitable they will behave the same way county councillors always have: with high-handed indifference to the people they are ostensibly put there to serve. It’s a corruption of a noble concept which runs through this country from top to bottom. The NHS is the most stand-out example, of course.

If only we could rid ourselves of them somehow, once and for all, so the productive people can finally take over. Publicly funded career managers infiltrating the public professions en masse are palpably counterproductive and a terrible drain on national resources.

Maybe we could go for the Golgafrincham option.

Anyone know how to build a spaceship?

In the meantime, I just feel sorry for former colleagues now finding themselves under heavy sentence for a crime they did not commit.

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Learnt today from a friend that the college where I used to teach is cutting 87 jobs this month. It’s not so much the cuts – if the funding isn’t there and the overseas student revenue dries-up (that’s been happening for 12 months now) then staff losses are unavoidable – it’s the fact that senior managers will not be the ones facing the chop.

Like all county colleges over the past 20 years, this one has gradually been ‘brought under management’ meaning a whole tier of professional managers have been collected, from Principal down to campus office, who are divorced from the teaching profession yet completely and overwhelmingly remain ‘in charge’ of its highly trained practitioners – and the way they practise. It’s never seemed to be a particularly logical arrangement to me, to put it mildly.

I don’t object to a teaching institution being profitable one little bit – quite the opposite. And I don’t even object to (realistic) target-setting in the name of ‘standards’ (as long as they are not ideologically motivated pseudo-standards, which, sadly, they invariably are).

I do object to the idea that teachers and ancillary staff are somehow expendable when times are tight but the council employed ‘executive’ class who’ve taken over tertiary education always appear to be completely bullet proof.

I suppose that because they are merely an extension of County Council authority in reality, it’s inevitable they will behave the same way county councillors always have: with high-handed indifference to the people they are ostensibly put there to serve. It’s a corruption of a noble concept which runs through this country from top to bottom. The NHS is the most stand-out example, of course.

If only we could rid ourselves of them somehow, once and for all, so the productive people can finally take over. Publicly funded career managers infiltrating the public professions en masse are palpably counterproductive and a terrible drain on national resources.

Maybe we could go for the Golgafrincham option.

Anyone know how to build a spaceship?

In the meantime, I just feel sorry for former colleagues now finding themselves under heavy sentence for a crime they did not commit.

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Learnt today from a friend that the college where I used to teach is cutting 87 jobs this month. It’s not so much the cuts – if the funding isn’t there and the overseas student revenue dries-up (that’s been happening for 12 months now) then staff losses are unavoidable – it’s the fact that senior managers will not be the ones facing the chop.

Like all county colleges over the past 20 years, this one has gradually been ‘brought under management’ meaning a whole tier of professional managers have been collected, from Principal down to campus office, who are divorced from the teaching profession yet completely and overwhelmingly remain ‘in charge’ of its highly trained practitioners – and the way they practise. It’s never seemed to be a particularly logical arrangement to me, to put it mildly.

I don’t object to a teaching institution being profitable one little bit – quite the opposite. And I don’t even object to (realistic) target-setting in the name of ‘standards’ (as long as they are not ideologically motivated pseudo-standards, which, sadly, they invariably are).

I do object to the idea that teachers and ancillary staff are somehow expendable when times are tight but the council employed ‘executive’ class who’ve taken over tertiary education always appear to be completely bullet proof.

I suppose that because they are merely an extension of County Council authority in reality, it’s inevitable they will behave the same way county councillors always have: with high-handed indifference to the people they are ostensibly put there to serve. It’s a corruption of a noble concept which runs through this country from top to bottom. The NHS is the most stand-out example, of course.

If only we could rid ourselves of them somehow, once and for all, so the productive people can finally take over. Publicly funded career managers infiltrating the public professions en masse are palpably counterproductive and a terrible drain on national resources.

Maybe we could go for the Golgafrincham option.

Anyone know how to build a spaceship?

In the meantime, I just feel sorry for former colleagues now finding themselves under heavy sentence for a crime they did not commit.

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“W***er!”

Hardly a high-browed rebuttal of the great speech
, but exactly what we’ve come to expect from our devalued, cuckoo PM.

Superb comment from an American Youtuber underneath the Hannan video:

“There was once a great bumper sticker in California when Pat Brown was running for Governor “if it’s Brown, flush it””

I think I might get a few of those printed-up.

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“W***er!”

Hardly a high-browed rebuttal of the great speech
, but exactly what we’ve come to expect from our devalued, cuckoo PM.

Superb comment from an American Youtuber underneath the Hannan video:

“There was once a great bumper sticker in California when Pat Brown was running for Governor “if it’s Brown, flush it””

I think I might get a few of those printed-up.

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